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OPS Bargaining 2014

OPS Bargaining is now underway. Check this page often to get the latest news and resources for bargaining, as well as ways you can support your bargaining teams to get the best possible contract for all OPS members.

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July 20, 2017
On July 5, 2017, Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC) members signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the government.
June 22, 2017
TORONTO – Members of the Unified bargaining unit working in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) have ratified a tentative agreement between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the O
June 21, 2017
OPSEU held four telephone town halls June 13-16 to discuss the June 2 tentative agreements. To read transcripts of the town halls, click below.
June 19, 2017
All OPSEU-represented employees in the Ontario Public Sector (OPS) will soon have the option of having their insurance carrier pay most of their dental claim directly, rather than waiting to be rei
June 16, 2017
Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has responded to comments by Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown that the Government of Ontario should have bargained harder o
June 15, 2017
Updated: June 18, 2017  3:00 p.m. Check the list below for the ratification vote locations and times nearest you.
June 15, 2017
The provincial government has signed another quick deal giving thousands of civil servants a 7.5-per-cent raise over four years, prompting accusations the Liberals are buying labour peace for next
June 12, 2017
Toronto – Ontario Public Service (OPS) workers in the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are set to vote June 20-22 on a four-year collective agreement extension.
June 11, 2017
On June 2, the Ontario government presented OPSEU with an offer to “roll over” collective agreements in the OPSEU Unified and Correctional bargaining units of the Ontario Public Service for a four-
March 10, 2017
The OPSEU collective agreement in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) expires on December 31, 2017.
February 16, 2017
The OPSEU Collective Agreement with the Ontario Public Service is expiring on December 31, 2017. That means we're starting a new round of negotiations this year.
February 15, 2017
Thousands of OPSEU members took part in four recent telephone town halls for workers in the Ontario Public Service (OPS).
January 27, 2017
At its meeting on January 26, OPSEU’s Executive Board ratified the overwhelming choice of Unified members working in corrections workplaces to join the Correctional Bargaining Unit.
January 19, 2017
Unified members who work in a Corrections work location are being reminded to take advantage of the second opportunity to indicate their interest in transferring to the Correctional Bargaining Unit
December 21, 2016
OPSEU members with less than 10 years’ service in the OPTrust pension plan will now be eligible to receive alternate post-retirement benefits under a new agreement signed between the union and the
December 20, 2016
Recent amendments to the Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act, 1993 (CECBA) created a standalone collective agreement for the Correctional bargaining unit with a term commencing Janua
August 24, 2016
In Table Talk 49, your correctional bargaining team informed you that the employer had written to confirm
June 10, 2016
In Table Talk 48, your correctional bargaining team informed you that the arbitrator had made a wa
May 26, 2016
Arbitrator Kevin Burkett has awarded a three per cent special wage adjustment for correctional staff, commencing January 1, 2017.
May 26, 2016
North Bay – The Grievance Settlement Board has ruled in favour of a union official at North Bay Jail accused of “bullying, harassing, intimidating and threating individuals in the workplace” over t
April 8, 2016
In Table Talk 46, we informed you that your correctional bargaining team had met with the mediato
March 15, 2016
We informed you in Table Talk 45 that the union and the employer had agreed to
February 5, 2016
Your correctional bargaining team met again with the employer on February 4.
January 22, 2016
On February 25, all OPSEU members in the OPS will be paid the 1.4 per cent lump sum that was negotiated in both the Unified agreement and the Corrections agreement.
January 9, 2016
The collective agreement signed today at 4:20 a.m. between OPSEU and the Government of Ontario begins a new era in bargaining for correctional services.
January 9, 2016
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU
January 9, 2016
(TORONTO) – The OPSEU bargaining team for frontline correctional services workers has reached an agreement to settle all outstanding issues in contract talks with the Government of Ontario.
January 9, 2016
TORONTO – The union bargaining team for frontline correctional services workers has reached an agreement to settle all outstanding issues in contract talks with the government of Ontario, the Ontar
January 6, 2016
A message to all OPSEU members in the OPS from Roxanne Barnes, OPSEU co-chair, Central Employee Relations Committee Dear friends:
January 6, 2016
(TORONTO) – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has sent an open letter to Deputy Premier Deb Matthew
January 6, 2016
Further mediation with the employer will take place on January 8, continuing on January 9 if required.
December 24, 2015
TORONTO – Ontario Correctional workers will be in a legal strike or lockout position on January 10, 2016 at 12:01 a.m.
December 24, 2015
OPSEU members in the Correctional Bargaining Unit can expect to be in a legal strike or lockout position on January 10, 2016 at 12:01 a.m.
December 18, 2015
On the heels of an energized all-presidents’ meeting last night, your Corrections bargaining team brought a clear and unified message to the table today: There is a crisis in Corrections.
December 18, 2015
TORONTO – The union representing 6,000 provincial correctional workers has called for a “no board” report to set a legal strike or lockout deadline in stalled contract talks with the Wynne governme
December 18, 2015
OPSEU Correctional staff in the Ontario Public Service would rather have their own stand-alone bargaining unit, the results of a province-wide consultation say.
December 16, 2015
(TORONTO) - If the provincial government has money to boost pay for public service managers, it has money for frontline staff as well, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union sa
December 14, 2015
(Thunder Bay) -- After touring the site of a hostage taking inside a provincial correctional facility last week, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union said responsibility for
December 11, 2015
Employer representatives have agreed to a request from your Corrections bargaining team to return to the bargaining table.
December 10, 2015
On Feb. 18, 2014, the provincial Liberal government announced that effective Jan. 1, 2017, the eligibility criteria for post-retirement benefits were changing for retired public service employees.
December 10, 2015
(TORONTO) – Members of the Correctional Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Public Service have rejected the tentative agreement reached between OPSEU and the Ontario government on November 23.
December 8, 2015
Listen to Laura, a Probation and Parole officer speaking about the current crisis in Corrections.
December 8, 2015
In Question Period at Queen's Park today, Oshawa MPP and NDP Community Safety and Correctional Services Critic Jennifer French called on the Liberal government to take responsibility for the crisis
December 8, 2015
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government must stop adding fuel to the crisis burning in the province’s correctional services, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
December 7, 2015
It’s decision time for correctional workers in Ontario.
December 3, 2015
In the days since your Corrections bargaining team signed a tentative collective agreement with our employer on November 23, the team has heard, and answered, a lot of questions from members about
December 2, 2015
On December 1, members of the Corrections bargaining team hosted two tele-town halls on the 
December 1, 2015
The ratification vote on the recent tentative agreement will take place on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesd
November 30, 2015
On December 16-17, there will be a consultation phone-in vote on the scope of the Correctional Bargaining Unit in the Ontario Public Service.
November 30, 2015
The ratification vote on the tentative collective agreement reached between the Correctional Bargaining Unit and the Ontario government will be held on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9
November 30, 2015
Table Talk 33, Table Talk 34
November 30, 2015
An information package about the Corrections December 16-17 consultation phone-in vote on the scope of the Corrections bargaining unit has been mailed to all eligible signed-up members, in both ins
November 25, 2015
This edition of Table Talk Update lays out in detail all the new provisions contained in the tentative agreement signed on November 24.
November 24, 2015
(TORONTO) – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has announced that the union’s Corrections bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario government.
November 24, 2015
After more than 12 months at the negotiating table, your Corrections bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario government.
November 24, 2015
TORONTO – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas slammed the Liberal government today for its utter failure to address the crisis engulfing Ontario’s correctional services.
November 23, 2015
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will address the media on the crisis that is gripping Ontario’s correctional system.
November 20, 2015
Your Corrections Bargaining Team returned to essential and emergency service agreement (EESA) negotiations on November 18 and19.
November 18, 2015
For Unified bargaining unit members:
November 10, 2015
Your Corrections Bargaining Team returned to negotiations with the Employer on November 7 and 8.
October 29, 2015
(TORONTO) – Members of the OPS’s Central division has voted 67 per cent in favour of the tentative agreement recently reached between OPSEU and the Ontario government, while the Unified division ha
October 28, 2015
The following is applicable only to those employees in the Ministry of the Attorney General: Court Services Division that are currently classified as FPT 1000 or FPT 1500 hour categories.
October 28, 2015
Voting at the Downtown Double Tree Hotel on Chestnut Street was suspended for 45 minutes this morning.
October 26, 2015
Check the list below for the OPS Vote Locations nearest you.  Times, dates and locations may change, please check the website often.
October 19, 2015
Check the list below for the OPS Information Meetings nearest you.
October 16, 2015
On October 8, 2015, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas announced that the union's Central/Unified bargaining team had reached a tentative settlement with the Ontario Government.
October 6, 2015
(TORONTO) – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has announced that the union’s Central/Unified bargaining team has reached a tentative settlement with the Ontario government.
October 2, 2015
On October 1, retired OPSEU members from Region 5 (Toronto) met to hear an update on OPS bargaining and the Liberal government’s demand to slash prescription drug coverage for some 100,000 active a
September 10, 2015
A message from your Central/Unified and Corrections Teams
September 4, 2015
A message from your Central/Unified and Corrections Teams
September 3, 2015
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and Treasury Board Secretariat have agreed to pause emergency and essential services (EES) bargaining and return to the bargaining table next week
August 11, 2015
A message from your Central/Unified Team We Want a Good Contract! Workplace Strategies and Tactics to make that happen!
July 24, 2015
With the painstaking job of negotiating hundreds of essential and emergency service agreements now taking centre stage, the 28 OPS mobilizers will be returning to their home workplaces
July 17, 2015
The biggest reason your bargaining team has rejected the employers proposed drug formulary is that it could severely hurt those who typically need the drugs most:  Retirees, the sick and those who
July 14, 2015
More than 100 OPSEU member activists and retirees protested the slow pace of OPS contract negotiations and the threat to jobs posed by privatization outside the Tim Horton Field in Hamilton this pa
July 10, 2015
On May 27th, the Central/Unified teams filed a dispute with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).
June 26, 2015
The Corrections Bargaining Team, along with some members of the Central/Unified Team (ESSA Table #3) who have unified members in correctional worksites, met with the Employer on June 24th.
June 25, 2015
Essential services tables, with the exception of Corrections, continue to meet daily. While progress is slow agreements are being reached.
June 10, 2015
The Ontario Government declared it, and it affects everyone who works for, or is retired from, the Ontario Public Service (about 100,000 people).
May 15, 2015
On Thursday May 14, the Corrections Bargaining team, along with the Central/Unified team members who represent Unified members in Corrections/Youth Justice, met with the Employer and proposed a pos
May 14, 2015
Corrections Team Update
May 4, 2015
Your central/unified team and your corrections team both continue to move through essential services negotiations and both continue to experience Employer roadblocks on disclosure and reasonable EE
April 24, 2015
Region 3 board member Sara Labelle joined picketing OPS members outside the Bracebridge courthouse where OPSEU members protested against the government's demands for a multi-tiered wage grid
April 23, 2015
Members of Local 119 picket outside the Stratford corrections facility to protest slow pace of contract talks and warn of possible jail closure
April 22, 2015
Region 1 board member Ron Elliot tells the Stratford Beacon-Herald that his members feel "totally betrayed" by the Liberal government for the contract concessions they seek in bargaining
April 14, 2015
On Tuesday March 17, the Corrections Bargaining Team met with the Employer to begin Essential and Emergency Services negotiations.  
April 10, 2015
Over the past months, the OPS Bargaining Teams have diligently worked on negotiating Emergency and Essential Service Agreements (EESAs), a process initiated by the Employer in late January.
April 2, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
March 27, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
March 24, 2015
"We're not going to attract the brightest and best workers to the OPS with a contract that contains concessions," OPSEU activist Lorraine Skitch told CTV News.
March 24, 2015
OPSEU Local president Fern Blais told the Pembroke Daily Observer that the provincial government is dragging its heels in contract negotiations with the Ontario Public Service.
March 24, 2015
OPS members heckled the Ontario finance minister after he delivered a speech before a Guelph audience.
March 19, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
March 13, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
March 12, 2015
Hundreds of OPSEU members rallied outside the Liberal party's $1,500 person-per-plate Heritage Dinner to protest against the government's austerity agenda.
March 10, 2015
TORONTO – Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union will rally at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to demand the Liberal government stop wasting public tax dollars on privatization a
March 4, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
February 26, 2015
Dozens of OPSEU members rallied outside the office of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Barrie to demand the government negotiate a new contract without cutbacks.
February 25, 2015
Almost one year after their contract expired, OPSEU members with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s bail program have voted to take strike action if they can’t reach an agreement at the bargain
February 25, 2015
In a letter to the editor of the Kingston Whig Standard, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas writes that public sector workers should not pay the price for wasteful government spending,
February 25, 2015
Government negotiators at the bargaining table appear they would rather push the OPS into a strike than negotiate a fair deal with their employees, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas told the Barrie Exa
February 23, 2015
On Saturday, February 21, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas gave an interview to Radio Labour about the hundreds of OPS members who rallied on Feb. 17 in front of Queen's Park.
February 20, 2015
A total of nearly 20,000 OPS members took part in three OPS Bargaining Teletown Hall meetings held February 18-19.
February 19, 2015
In a surprise move on February 19, 2015, the employer has notified their managers that they have commenced Essential and Emergency Services (EES) negotiations with the Corrections Bargaining Team.
February 19, 2015
Hundreds of OPSEU members welcomed MPPs back from their winter break with a noisey demonstration outside of Queen's Park.
February 19, 2015
OPS workers rallied outside MPP Grant Crack's office to demand the provincial government get down to work and negotiate a new collective agreement.
February 18, 2015
It is no secret that public services are the backbone of society.
February 13, 2015
TORONTO – Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will be joined by the leaders of major Ontario public sector unions at a rally at Queen’s Park to demand the Libera
February 12, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
February 11, 2015
Your bargaining teams continue to try to reach a fair and reasonable settlement for Ontario Public Service members.
February 10, 2015
TORONTO – The President of the 135,000-member Ontario Public Service Employees Union says that Treasury Board Minister Deb Matthews is concentrating on the wrong cleaning program when it comes to r
February 6, 2015
Joining a union is an important step to reducing income inequality, says a letter to the editor in the Toronto Star.
February 3, 2015
It has only taken a decade, but thanks to a lot of hard work and negotiations the union has managed to create a fair, transparent and equitable system for the distribution of overtime in our provin
February 2, 2015
Watch this video of the recent OPSEU rally at Elgin Middlesex Detention Ce
January 31, 2015
In a letter to the editor of the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder a reader writes that members of the OPS "are a part of this community and support the local economy."
January 29, 2015
They say when you’re in love, nothing else matters.
January 29, 2015
Probation Officer Allowance (POA) Days are in place to allow you time off in lieu of the overtime you cannot earn.
January 29, 2015
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has launched round two of advertising in Sudbury to expose the Ontario Liberals' choice of privatization over public services. 
January 28, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
January 28, 2015
TORONTO – The union representing 35,000 frontline Ministry employees who work directly for the Ontario government announced today that bargaining representatives of the Ontario Government have take
January 27, 2015
In a typical move by an employer who also happens to be the Ontario Government, if you don’t like the rules…change them.
January 26, 2015
At the request of the Conciliator, the OPS Central/Unified Team and the Employer Team will return to the bargaining table on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
January 23, 2015
Access to an affordable drug plan is something that most members of the OPS take for granted.
January 23, 2015
SUDBURY – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has weighed in on the Feb.
January 22, 2015
For 20 years Ontario has allowed more and more public services to be absorbed by the private sector.
January 22, 2015
TORONTO – The union representing 35,000 frontline Ministry employees who work directly for the Ontario government announced today that two of the three bargaining tables negotiating for a new colle
January 22, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
January 21, 2015
Many current OPS employees feel that the employer’s proposal for a new lower start rate doesn’t really affect them.
January 20, 2015
The language: Enhance the return to work of individuals on STSP and LTIP with a mandatory rehabilitation plan.
January 16, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
January 16, 2015
More pain for the injured: Get hurt at work? You’ll pay for it
January 16, 2015
LESS cash…for life (This Issue Sheet contains specific information on the employer-proposed wage grid for the Corrections Bargaining Unit)
January 11, 2015
Hundreds of OPSEU members from across Ontario joined Region 5 activists on January 11 at Premier Kathleen Wynne’s New Year’s Levy in Toronto.
January 9, 2015
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
January 9, 2015
TORONTO – In a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union is asking if the Premier has directed Liberal MPPs to refuse to meet constituency member
January 9, 2015
TORONTO – When constituents show up for Premier Kathleen Wynne's New Year's Levee this weekend, they'll be greeted by workers in the Ontario Public Service, represented by the Ontario Public Servic
December 23, 2014
At the end of 2014, OPSEU continues its fight to ensure both its members and public services are protected. And there have been many challenges to both.
December 17, 2014
The Central/Unified and Corrections Bargaining Teams want to thank you for all your hard work these last few weeks.
December 11, 2014
ONTARIO – Workers in the Ontario Public Service, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, will take their protest over the government’s bargaining position directly to their local
December 7, 2014
ONTARIO – Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have given a solid strike mandate in response to the Wynne government’s concession demands at the bargaining table.
December 6, 2014
The OPS strike vote has been concluded in accordance with OPSEU policy. The results are clear decisive.
December 4, 2014
On Thursday, Dec. 11, wear Blue for solidarity. On November 20, the Ontario government tabled its opening position in bargaining with 35,000 OPSEU members in the OPS.
December 4, 2014
Three OPS Tele Town Hall meetings, held on Dec. 2-3, reached over 17,300 OPS members across the province.
December 1, 2014
Your OPS Bargaining Teams are asking for a strong strike mandate to force the employer to table a better opening position for your new contract.
November 26, 2014
THUNDER BAY – Workers in the Ontario Public Service, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, will protest at the Ontario Government Building after receiving the opening bargainin
November 26, 2014
At a noon-hour rally today in front of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s constituency office, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas announced that the negotiating teams representing 35,000 direct Ministry
November 26, 2014
OPSEU is holding three tele-town halls over two days for Ontario Public Service members to talk about the u
November 26, 2014
The OPS Employer Opening Proposals: Slash, cut, eliminate On November 20, 2014, the employer tabled their opening proposals at the Central/Unified and Corrections bargaining tables.
November 26, 2014
On November 20, 2014, the OPS Bargaining Teams received the opening proposals from the employer.
November 25, 2014
TORONTO – At a noon-hour rally today in front of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s constituency office, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas announced that the negotiating teams representing 35,000 direct
November 24, 2014
TORONTO – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will be joined by the union’s Ontario Public Service bargaining team chairs to make an important announcement on the status of bargaining with the O
November 24, 2014
OTTAWA – Workers in the Ontario Public Service, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, will protest this evening at the Ottawa Trillium Dinner after receiving the opening bargai
November 21, 2014
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, your OPS Central/Unified and Corrections Bargaining Teams exchanged proposals with the employer for your new collective agreement.
November 20, 2014
Photos from today's events across Ontario
November 19, 2014
TORONTO – Bargaining teams representing 35,000 direct employees of the Ontario government will meet with government representatives for the first time on Thursday, Nov.
November 14, 2014
On November 20, your OPS Bargaining Teams will meet at the table with the employer for the first time.To support the bargaining teams, they have asked that all OPS members show their solidarity in
November 14, 2014
On November 20, your OPS Bargaining Teams will meet at the table with the employer for the first time.To support the bargaining teams, they have asked that all OPS members show their solidarity in
November 13, 2014
Bargaining Teams representing 35,000 direct employees of the Ontario government will meet with government representatives for the first time on Thursday, Nov.
October 8, 2014
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members
June 20, 2014
50 delegates will meet tomorrow at an airport hotel in Toronto to complete the elections of the Central/Unified and  Corrections Bargaining Teams.
June 7, 2014
The two-step election process to elect the 2014 OPS Bargaining Teams began on Saturday, June 7, at the OPS Regional Bargaining Conferences held across the province.
May 7, 2014
Members of all three OPS unions at the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs' office in Toronto got together today to take a solidarity picture.
May 1, 2014
OPSEU members in government worksites wore blue April 30 to show solidarity for their AMAPCEO colleagues who face deep cuts to their contract.
April 30, 2014
On April 30, the eve of the provincial budget, an estimated 2,000 unionized Ontario Public Service employees rallied in an unprecedented show of unity at lunch time outside Queen's Park.
April 14, 2014
TORONTO - The union representing Ontario’s front-line correctional officers says that it appears the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is gearing up for a strike in "si
December 4, 2012
The latest bargaining and mobilizing news for OPS members

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Information and Resources

August 3, 2017
Province-wide contracts
February 21, 2017
As part of a recent settlement between OPSEU and the Ontario Government, it was agreed that the Short Term Sickness Plan (STSP) for OPSEU members in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) will revert to
February 22, 2016
Including Policy on Lateral Transfers
January 7, 2016
OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida has written to all major banks and credit unions asking for their cooperation if Corrections members require assistance with loan payment
March 5, 2015
The “Public Service Heroes” posters are now available for download. Download the poster here.

OPS Teletown Hall Calls: 93 percent don't believe Wynne

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Contact Your Bargaining Team

Central/Unified Team: [email protected]

Corrections Team: [email protected]

OPS Bargaining Photo Gallery

OPS members across the province have been participating in demonstrations, pickets and events to support their bargaining teams.

See photos and videos from recent events.

OPS Collective Agreement 2013 - 2014

Central, Unified and Corrections including Salary Schedules

 For Explanatory notes, Policy on Lateral Transfers, and more, click here

OPS Bargaining Campaign Events across Ontario

OPS members are staging province-wide workplace actions and MPP pickets to support their bargaining teams. The message: Cuts and wage freezes are unacceptable!

For a complete listing of all events, click here

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